The Amazing Machine lecture engages children by way of lively participation to help them to appreciate how the experiences of their own body relate to the functions of Respiration, Digestion, the Senses, Memory, Illusion, and Muscles Bones & Movement. For Key Stage 2 (KS2) there is an optional special story to help children identify and commit the seven process of life to memory.
The greater interaction that comes from working with smaller sized groups turns this into an exciting workshop session where, amongst other things, children get to join in feeling a giant pulse, help an apple through a giant intestine and go on journey through the circulatory system.
Although very effective with all age groups, this workshop is particularly popular with 'Early Years' groups and, as with the vast majority of SciTech workshops, the pace and content is determined solely by the children themselves under the guidance of the lecturer and will vary from group to group. Given sufficient time, the workshop plans to cover the following topics:
The purpose of the lungs
How the lungs work
Blood & air supply
The mechanics of breathing
Oxygen & Carbon Dioxide transport
Nutrient & Chemical Waste transport
Location of the Heart and Lungs
Two Simultaneous pumps
Heart Rate & Capacity
Blood moves around body in a closed circuit
The body needs the nutrients extracted from the food we eat.
Bladder function & location
The 5 senses + time
MUSCLES, BONES AND MOVEMENT
LIFE PROCESSES (optional KS2 only)
There are 7 tests that ALL have to be passed to be a living creature
The KS2 module uses a linked list story to facilitate committing the 7 life processes to memory.